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  • The Wedding Date

  • By: Jasmine Guillory
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 941

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend... After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, but was hoping for more

  • By Audiobookhoe on 02-07-18

A Perfect Rom Com with Sexy Consent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Any additional comments?

This book is a perfect example of the genre. The pacing is great, the sweet love story and romcom hijinx hit all the right spots. Best of all, the author does a fabulous job writing POC characters and providing a model for consent-driven sex that's as romantic, spontaneous, and frenzied as one could hope for.

It's a quick read because it's great fun from start to finish. Highly, highly recommend for anyone who enjoys romantic romps without the usual sexist tropes and racist undertones.

The narrator did a great job of matching the playful tone of the book. Janina Edwards' voice is warm and personable, so the immensely likable and bubbly protagonist, Alexa, really comes to life in the audio format.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Real Murders

  • An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,588
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,026

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side - and its crime buffs. One of them is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime - until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adjusting expectations

  • By Jeanie on 04-22-10

Great Premise, Overacted Narration, Tedious Prose

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-17

What aspect of Therese Plummer’s performance would you have changed?

The narrator has a great voice, but chose to overact. She overemphasized every innocuous line as though it was something shocking. I had to take breaks from listening because it was so frustrating. The fact that the text had way too much tedious exposition compounded the effect.

Any additional comments?

Charlaine Harris is a total delight and I enjoy her work, even when the prose feels like an early draft. This book feels like it needed a red pen to slash out 80% of the unhelpful exposition. It ruined the pace and was extremely laborious. The premise was great, and Harris' characters are always charming.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,739

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood Bound

  • By Deborah on 06-24-10

Narrator Sounds Like a Cosmetics Ad

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I liked the first book (paperback) and figured I'd try the second as an audiobook. Unlistenable.
Super commercial sounding narrator- a poor fit for first person narrative. No personality. I had to turn it off at the first terrible accent.

Would you be willing to try another book from Patricia Briggs? Why or why not?

Only with another narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Binti

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Messages

  • By khaalidah on 10-07-15

Absolute Perfection

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-16

Okorafor shows us what a novella can be. The pacing is perfectly done, and the first person narrative is relatable and compelling. The story itself is beautiful, and Robin Miles' narration is masterful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Donkey

  • A Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

It’s Christmas, and Jenny Checkland is beset with problems. The vicar, who really should know better, has asked to borrow Marilyn the donkey for the nativity play, thereby unleashing chaos on the already chaos-laden Frogmorton Farm. Will Marilyn survive her bath? Will anyone survive Marilyn’s bath? Robbed of her role as the Virgin Mary, what revenge is the angel Gabriel plotting? Why is that sheep so fat? Will Charlie ever get to say his one line? Can Marilyn be prevented from eating the baby Jesus?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read The Nothing Girl first

  • By Rynin on 10-09-15

A Lovely Return

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-16

If you could sum up Little Donkey in three words, what would they be?

Jodi Taylor really shines in short stories that build on her novels. Little Donkey is a perfect example of this. Since it was already out when I listened to the novel, this was a nice balm after the disappointment of finishing a book that you don't want to end.

What about Lucy Price-Lewis’s performance did you like?

Lucy Price-Lewis was perfectly cast for this. Her performance was excellent.

  • Of Sorrow and Such

  • By: Angela Slatter
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Mistress Gideon is a witch. The locals of Edda's Meadow, if they suspect it of her, say nary a word - Gideon has been good to them, and it's always better to keep on her good side. Just in case. When a foolish young shape-shifter goes against the wishes of her pack and gets herself very publicly caught, the authorities find it impossible to deny the existence of the supernatural in their midst any longer; Gideon and her like are captured, bound for torture and a fiery end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book !

  • By Layla Mabbitt on 07-31-18

Absolute Perfection

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-16

Feminist witch fiction with a satisfying ending. Slatter does a miraculous job writing about violence in non-triggering, non-salacious ways. Gorgeous and masterful. Marisa Calin's narration is flawless, though her voice cast the protagonist/narrator as much younger than described, so that occasionally brought me out of the story. Totally worth it, though- she's an incredible narrator and lovely to listen to.

  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Team Quill

  • By Tango on 05-03-15

Gorgeous

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Beautifully crafted, tightly woven, sidesteps many of the sexist tropes of the genre, plus I could listen to Damien Lynch forever.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Severed Streets

  • The Shadow Police, Book Two
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Summer in London: a city in turmoil. The vicious murder of a well-known MP is like a match to tinder but Detective Inspector James Quill and his team know that it's not a run-of-the-mill homicide. Still coming to terms with their new-found second sight, they soon discover that what is invisible to others - the killer - is visible to them. Even if they have no idea who it is. Then there are more deaths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Supernatural copper

  • By Juan N Rodriguez on 01-27-15

Neil Gaiman Fanfiction

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The first book in this series was fantastic. The second reads like a paid advertisement for Neil Gaiman, who is a 2d and nonsensical major character in the book, which feels generally sloppy compared to the first. Avoid.

Have you listened to any of Damian Lynch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Damien Lynch is flawless.

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not get past the voice

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-04-16

Unlistenable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-15

What would have made The Invisible Library better?

I couldn't listen past a couple of minutes because the Narrator's delivery was too distracting. She has an excellent voice, but her delivery didn't work for me.

  • The Pledge

  • By: Kimberly Derting
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place - looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she's been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3-1/2

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-16-12

Narrator Didn't Work for Me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-15

The affected little girl voice was too much to take, I had to switch off after ten minutes.